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When life breaks you, love can heal you…or run you over.

A broken heart and a preference for solitude leads Web Baker to driving a street sweeper on the night shift for Basil City. His mother wants grandchildren, and his sister is intent on fixing him up with every dimwitted beauty she can find. Add that to the late night antics Web encounters on his nightly shifts and he h
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Paperback, 386 pages
Published April 10th 2014 by Amazon Create Space and Kindle (first published April 9th 2014)
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Sarah Russell
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Swept Up. Both of the main characters seemed like regular people with regular problems. They were very easy to relate to. I could really identify with Kara. We have all been in relationships that aren't good for us. She and her best friend have such a great relationship and I love how they allow each other to be themselves. I loved that Web is a street sweeper. Sometimes books are full of only doctors, lawyers, and detectives. It was a nice change. The characters also had differ ...more
Heather
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is like your favorite chick flick, but in paper form. Cozy up with a blanket and your beverage of choice, and tuck in to this.
This is a helluva debut novel. It's clean; no grammar, formatting, or other errors that sometimes plague the self-published community. The author worked hard on this, and it has paid off. A heartwarming story, that even someone not inclined to romantic reads (like me) can enjoy.
Mandy
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a very well-written contemporary romance. It's especially exceptional as a first novel!
Debbie
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be a wonderfully refreshing change from the usual predictable stories routinely found in romance novels. These characters are both believable and interesting, and well portrayed as real people with a host of problems and quirks. I like both Web and Kara, and liked that their relationship evolved slowly and was not without stumbling blocks. I also think Renata is a really interesting person. She is the best developed of the minor characters. There are no characters that are s ...more
Debbie
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very impressive debut novel. Having exclusively read mostly YA supernatural/dystopian books for quite some time, Swept Up was a welcome reminder that I very much enjoy a well written love story set in the 'real world'. The author made it very easy for my 'mind movie' that is only prompted by good writing, to start from page one.
Amy Whipple
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Swept Up was a terrific love story! It's hard not to fall in love with the main character Webb as he "saves the day"! The characters were easily relatable and enjoyable to read about. I loved this story!
C.S. Moore
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written novel that is a break from the typical romance.
BJ
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent first novel

I'll just start with the fact that I'm not really a romance fan. However... Having read some of Ms. Thomas' other books, I wanted to read her first. This is a great story, well developed characters, good descriptions of the town. I felt this was sort of a calming story for me, a departure from my usual tense thrillers!
I quite enjoyed it! I will definitely read more of hers.
Wendy Reed
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic read. You can't help but relate to the Kara and all of the people who are in her life. The author writes about real life issues and how we deal with them. She gives you the honest truth. The bluntness of it. I absolutely love this book. I received this book and it was autographed by the author. I won this book and six others by different authors, each one autographed and I will cherish each one of them.
Rose Maniscalco
Jul 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm not sure how to rate this book. It did hold my interest, but I didn't really get invested in either of the main characters. Web seemed to have such a bland personality and Kara was just such a hot mess. I guess that's why they kinda worked together, but I didn't feel it.

I mostly had issues with Kara and her constant drinking. I don't see what would have attracted Web to her in the first place.

Again, not a bad book, but not great either.
Jadeness
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
I won the copy from attending a book launch party. Thomas does have a few other books written, and as far as it looks Swept Up is a stand-alone.

I am so used to fantasy, mythical creatures, abnormal problems that involve supernatural creatures, that when reading Swept Up it felt pretty refreshing. It’s about two humans in humanly situations. I found that I connected with Kara a lot more then I thought I would, especially more toward the end. I found Web to be endearing, which is always good, his
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Judy Esposito
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Love Story!

I was surprised to know this was Kayla Dawn Thomas's first book because it was so well written and kept my attention from beginning to the very end. I enjoyed this love story and watching it developed as I read the book. I loved Web from the very beginning, so sensitive and caring and carrying a past of lost love and hurt, that he kept buried as he tried to carry on with his life. Kara had to grow on me, kept wanting her to take more control of her life, but as I read further into t
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Cynthia
Dec 02, 2015 rated it liked it
This was an ok listen nothing that really grabbed me. I really didn't care for the sleeping around and drinking with a student. That was a turn off for me yes he was in college but still you just do not do that. The book has some good points but for me the author just didn't draw me in. The narrator I didn't care for at all I didn't like her voice it wasn't smooth and at times it sounded like she was reading. Not everyone can like everything so please do not take my word for it. So many people h ...more
Sarah Thornburg
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Before I start in on my review, I want to say that I am not a fan of the romance genre. I picked this up on the strong recommendation of a good friend. Plus, Kayla had some really good advice for a fellow budding author as myself.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Kayla painted a wonderful picture of a perfect college small town with it's imperfect residences! The two main characters are believable and relatable and thrown into real world situations!
Like one reviewer said, this is definitely one h
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Amy
Jun 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I received a signed copy from the author in a giveaway. It's under my first reads list. Unfortunately I can't rate this book very high because for one thing I couldn't finish it. It had great descriptions, but I found it hard to connect to this book and the characters. It wasn't a typical romance novel that I'd normally read and that's fine. Maybe I'll try this book again in the future or give it to a friend/relative to read. I guess not every author connects with everyone and that's fine. It's ...more
Jacqueline
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was a lot of fun. I will never look at street sweepers the same! I appreciated how every time I thought I’d pegged a particular character as good or bad, competent or incompetent, I’d learn a new detail that added another dimension to his/her personality. This made for a great cast of flawed, quirky characters.
There were also lots of entertaining twists and turns in the plot, and some good, old-fashioned romance. I don’t typically read a lot of romance, but I’m glad I made an exception
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Kerri
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the author in a giveaway. If I'm reading romance, it's usually paranormal. I enjoyed this book....normal humans in normal situations. There was one part that had me rolling my eyes, and I'm just assuming it's typical for romance novels. I got over it quickly. The author keeps the pace going, and I was really surprised in the final chapters. They were filled with lots of great action and strong emotions.
Lillith Black
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I loved the book and couldn't put it down. I liked the story and felt for the characters, as some of the things they had to deal with were so familiar.
I loved the fact that the main character lived in a tiny house, I'm a big supporter of those.
I recommend the book, it's a sweet, but realistic love story and you will not be disappointed!
Shanna Hatfield
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who love contemporary romance with a twist.
Shelves: romance
It's easy to tell the author poured her heart into crafting an engaging story of overcoming the past, embracing the present, and accepting the gift of love. Swept Up will sweep you away into the lives of two very interesting characters and the fascinating world of their college town. I found myself cheering for Web throughout the story. Great debut novel by a new author.
Sandra Pagan
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

This was an amazing story with characters to whom you hate to say goodbye. I thoroughly enjoyed this interesting romance.
Jackie
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Debut

Great read! The story was engaging, modern and maintained a good pace. Any free time I had, I wanted to get lost in this book.
Stephanie Rudd
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great debut novel from a local writer and friend! Who doesn't enjoy a love story?
KRISTEN LAWRENCE
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet story

This was just a sweet story. Nothing in depth, just an easy afternoon read. There were some factual problems with the medical info, but it doesn't affect the storyline.
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